Mainstreaming HIA: experience from England

Vohra, Salim, Chimeme, Egbutah, Judy, Kurth and Filipe, Silva (2015) Mainstreaming HIA: experience from England. In: IAIA15 Impact Assessment in the Digital Era, 20-23 Apr 2015, Florence, Italy. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

There has been a strong tradition of attempting to embed HIA in policy and decision-making at national and local levels in England.

This presentation will look at the experience of Luton and Stoke-on-Trent and the approaches they have used to embed, and continue to embed, HIA in local policy and decision-making processes. Both places have neighbourhoods with high levels of poverty and deprivation. There are interesting similarities and differences in the approach both have used. Each has developed an approach that is best suited to their local political and strategic policy context particularly in relation to the priority health and wellbeing needs of their local communities.

Key barriers have been getting political and executive support, recognition and commitment from other local government departments on the need to consider the community health impacts of their policy and decision-making; and the difficulty in developing and sustaining capacity to commission, undertaken and scrutinise HIAs.

Key enablers have been having a HIA and Health in All Policies (HiAP) champion to advocate and provide support for HIA, long term political and executive vision and support for HIA and HiAP, advocacy and building support across departments, regulation that required HIAs or a consideration of community health in national and local planning and policy making; and having a multi-strand approach to conducting and requiring HIAs: integrated, rapid screening-based and in-depth forms of HIA.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Subjects: Medicine and health
Depositing User: Salim Vohra
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2016 20:42
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2017 14:04
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/2330

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